Who Won The Streaming Weekend?


At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Andy Samberg’s time-loop comedy, Palm Springs, took Park City by storm, wowing critics and studio heads alike, making it the most talked about debut as well as the one that sold for the highest bid: $17,000,000.69

Big plans were afoot for its theatrical film release later in the year.

And nothing felt more like a sure thing for traditional movie lovers than Tom Hanks’ turn as the Commander of the naval destroyer Greyhound, of the similarly titled movie, a film poised to take advantage of Hanks’ WW II acting and producing bona-fides, and his status as everyone’s favorite All-American movie-star patriot.

Then Covid-19 hit.

Suddenly, two of the summer’s most promising cinematic treats looked to be postponed indefinitely, destined to be next year’s left-overs versus this year’s movie feasts.

Instead, each found new life on their respective streaming services. Palm Springs debuted on Hulu this past Friday; Greyhound premiered on the Apple

TV Plus platform the same day.

For the first time since the virus struck, we had a good, old-fashioned square-off between two high profile movie titles…except this time, it was a competition that took place at home, instead of at your local cineplex.

It’s a good thing for both films that they side-stepped another movie that had its eyes on a theatrical release, but premiered on streaming instead: Hamilton. 

Letting Hamilton have its own spectacular 4th of July weekend to itself wasn’t only a smart move by both Hulu and Apple TV Plus, but it seemed to also show artistic and historic respect for the seismic appearance of such a significant musical-turned-film, on America’s birthday.

But when it comes to how Palm Springs and Greyhound fared against each other, it’s pretty plain to see that both films can claim bragging rights.

Hulu and Apple TV Plus had all but been forgotten in the face of various streaming stories the past several months.

Disney Plus launched on November 12, 2019 with great fanfare and an amazing show, The Mandalorian, only days after Apple TV Plus’s lackluster launch, November 1st, 2019.

Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s dubious short-form streaming entry, came out on April 6th, 2020 and its future has been debated ever since.

HBO Max came to life on May 27th, with its biggest attendant story being whether or not it would keep Gone With The Wind on the platform (they chose to keep it, after adding some strongly-worded…

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